Sorry dlars, I just got back today and I'm pretty beat. Plus the bottle of wine I just treated myself to isn't helping much with the posting
... But I will try.
1) the bike handled great with 30lbs in the front tire, 40 in the rear. Rear shocks aired up to 40psi, and the damper set to IIII as per the manual and the weight I was carrying. As for myself, passenger and luggage. Me-190, my lady and very sexy 130 and I guestamate luggage at 50lbs so a total of 370. With full load soaked up the bumps with grace and didn't come close to bottoming out.
2) power. Well it was there the whole trip until I started ridding with my friends with Harley's in NY. I understand I had a greater load on my bike but knowing their size it really wasn't that much more. They did have the newer engine but instill had them on displacement and felt that I needed to really work to keep up at high speed on the highway. But overall I'm pretty happy with the power. Maybe I will stop dragging my butt and order Rancy's throttle mod.
3) fuel millage. So on that ride home from lake George ny to yonkers, I had to stop for fuel while my friend and his Harley kept on riding. Considering I wasn't carrying too much more weight and we were traveling at the same speed, I think the Vulcan is a little thirsty. As a disclaimer we were traveling at speeds that are only legal in one or two states and NY isn't one of them. I think im pretty happy with the over all millage I got in the trip. Most of the time I kept it at the speed limit or 5 mph above and seemed to average 40+ mpg when I wasn't working it too hard. In the mountains of NH and VT I had to work over 3k for some gears and still seemed to turn ok millage. It seems that the wind resistance has more of an effect at higher speeds then RPM does at lower speeds.
4) radio. Well I think we all know the stock radio sucks but I was truly disappointed when the speakers stopped working altogether. I'm thinking it is a connection in the faring because once I hit a big bump it started working again,and then stopped when I hit another big bump and stayed that way. Since I like tinkering I think I will just order a amp, new speakers and take it apart myself.
5) faring design. My knees took a beating with water from Salem mass to port Clyde me. The space between the upper and lower does a great job of putting a steady stream of water right on your knee's. although I don't always ride in the rain I will try to fix this problem. I'm quite disappointed that the designers designed the fairing this way.
6) Seat. Let me tell you, this seat sucks. If my tailbone wasn't hurting my ass cheeks were. Took a lot of moving and flexing to keep comfortable throughout the ride.
Overall I have nothing to compare this bike to as I've never taken a trip this long with any of my previous bikes. I'd say I enjoyed it and with future mods I will enjoy it even more. I will say that I met someone who had a 900lt and was thinking about the VV. since my last bike was a 900 custom my advise to him was keep the 900, get a better seat, some lower protection, fog lights, a good 3rd bag and buy some speakers. Even with high priced parts you'd be cheaper than the VV first 3 months payments and if you only ride one you won't miss any power, IMO. If I had the 900LT I would not upgrade knowing what I know now.
Well that's it for now, time for some more drinks!